Chinese ink painting exhibition showcases Borneo’s natural beauty through eastern and western art

Wee (left) listens to Liew (on Wee's left) describe the details of one of his paintings.

By Ashley Sim

KUCHING, May 18: The “99 Chinese Ink Painting Art Exhibition” is renowned artist Liew Chan Hua’s 9th solo exhibition, featuring 78 paintings which highlight the unique and natural splendour of Borneo’s flora and fauna while incorporating elements of both eastern and western art.

According to Liew, his artworks are a combination of traditional ink painting and western painting which reveal the beauty and praises for nature and are mostly based on Malaysian characteristics such as rambutans, coconut trees, hibiscus, orchids, mangroves, rafflesias, pitcher plants, Borneo orangutans, and rural scenery.

The “99 Chinese Ink Painting Art Exhibition” is Liew’s first solo exhibition in Sarawak, and it was graced today by the Kuching South City Council (MBKS) mayor Dato Wee Hong Seng.

The exhibition, which is open to the public from May 17 to June 17, 2022, 10am to 6pm (Monday-Friday) at Saradise Gallery in Titanium Tower, Brighton Square here, is designed to allow all art enthusiasts to enjoy the exhibition both online and offline at the same time.

Liew has hosted eight previous solo ink painting exhibitions, including the “Liew Chan Hua Rainforest Exhibition” at the China International Exhibition Centre in Beijing, where he was invited to exhibit during the 14th China Beijing International Cultural and Creative Industry Expo in 2019.

In addition, Liew has participated in over 20 international joint exhibitions in countries including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore, as well as numerous domestic exhibitions.

Liew’s works are also collected by various collectors, including the China National Academy of Arts, the Confucius Institute of China, the Korea Culture and Arts Research Association, and the Sabah Art Gallery, to name a few.

Moreover, he has also been invited to co-edit over 20 volumes of classic paintings with many famous Chinese artists, including modern and contemporary artists such as Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Xu Beihong, Wu Changshuo, Li Keran, Liu Dawei, Huang Yongyu, and others.

Also present at the exhibition were Saradise chief operating officer (COO) Dylan Yee and Saradise gallery manager Luna Yeo. — DayakDaily